Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo have put together an inspired take on the Dark Knight that manages to inject new life into the entire Bat universe. The series takes the character’s various interpretations throughout the years and perfectly blends them together, combining the essential detective aspects with elements of gothic horror and mystery. With Snyder’s literary approach to narration and Capullo’s dense and detailed approach to the art, its a series that is terrifying, enigmatic, surreal, and intoxicating.
The “Court of Owls” storyline that encompassed the first 11 issues of the series is a brilliant twist on the Batman mythology that pulls off the rare feat of rewriting the history of Gotham City and the Wayne family without falling into retcon territory. The very concept of the illuminati-esque Court is so well handled and so perfectly embedded into the Batman mythos, that its almost impossible to believe they’re a brand new addition to the Gotham landscape. And with a character with as long and as rich of a history as Batman, that’s a stunning accomplishment.